Our services focus on supporting the higher education sector and media with professional communications in the native English language.
We cover everything from supporting international student recruitment to providing original materials for specialist publications aimed at boosting the research profile of global universities.
Working with Times Higher Education special supplements, we’ve interviewed Russian researchers using brain-computer interaction to help epilepsy sufferers at HSE University, American scientists fighting diseases, like malaria in the South Florida swamps and the pioneering quantum physicist and 2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons on creating a supercomputer using silicon at the University of New South Wales.
For Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway (previouslyHiOA), we interviewed scientists working on European Union funded projects like Horizon 2020 for online and print.
And we’ve supported universities in Scandinavia marketing their Bachelor and postgraduate programmes taught in English to foreign students by providing fresh editorial for their websites and printed publications and produced features on UK students studying abroad.
With the European higher education PR network, EUPRIO, we’ve recently highlighted the need for communication and marketing departments to work more closely with their international offices to boost university reputation on the world stage.
Our news reports and blogs cover everything from the challenges of growing transnational education (TNE) in South East Asia to questioning the validity of the world higher education rankings for University World News.
So, we can turn our skills to most issues and Nic’s blogging on this website includes looking at the twists and turns of Brexit and writing a personal story about overcoming the challenges of dealing with cancer.
Here’s a taste of some of our work since out launch in 2012
University World News
Online fee-paying libraries tackle textbook inflation
British TNE is up in the EU – but down in older markets. See trends in transnational education
Times Higher Education special supplements
Quantum leaps in computing – UNSW Sydney
On the attack in the lab and the field: eradicating vector-borne diseases – University of South Florida
Oslo Met University, Norway
Interviews with researchers for online and printed English-language publications, including a look at the Horizon 2020 funded DARE project into why some young people are attracted to extremist groups
University of Durham
Dunelm – Durham University’s Alumni magazine: interviewing leading female football coach Annie Zaidi and Smiti Kumar, president of the North American Foundation for the University
EUPRIO gets international and communication teams collaborating
Video interviews – Talking to speakers at EUPRIO’s conference in Sevilla, Spain last year for EUPRIO’s YouTube channel.
Can Lithuania turn brain drain into brain gain – Winner of the Outstanding Higher Education Journalism Award from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
De la Cour Blogs
Stormy times ahead for international student mobility – a look at some of the main challenges ahead for recruiting students from abroad in 2020 and beyond
Did three little words win it for Boris Johnson? – the Brexit slogan that won #GE2019 and where next for Labour
Center of International Higher Education
Three articles included in the book Understanding Higher Education Internationalization – insights from key global publications published by the Center of International Higher Education at Boston College, USA, 2017. These covered growing pathways to study abroad, the need for greater focus on HE staff mobility and a look at whether Sweden was recovering from the crash in international students after introducing tuition fees.
Awards and acknowledgements
Nic won the Outstanding Higher Education Journalism Award from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in 2015 for his report for BBC news online on the brain drain from countries such as Lithuania since the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.
He is a life member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and a member of its Public Relations and Communications Council and was made an honorary member of EUPRIO, the European network for professionals working in Higher Education, in 2017.
If you think we can help your organisation with its English-language marketing and communications, we’d be delighted to hear from you.